College Baseball Finals – Guilford 10-1, Berry 9-10

Posted by Press Release on February 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College and Berry College split a nonconference baseball doubleheader Friday at McBane Field. The Quakers rallied to win the opener, 10-9, and the Vikings took the nightcap, 10-1.

In game one, Berry (1-1) grabbed a 6-1 lead after three-and-a-half innings thanks to three Guilford errors and three RBI by left fielder T.C. Boyd. Boyd’s two-run single in the third opened the five-run margin and chased Guilford starter Borja Jones-Berasaluce.

Guilford responded with a run in the home fourth on Mo Keene’s (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) RBI single. The Quakers tacked on three runs in the fifth, two on Charles’ Noble’s two-run single. Chase Massey (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) and Corey Wallace both delivered two-run hits in Guilford’s five-run sixth inning, which capped the comeback.

The Vikings scored three times in the top of the seventh inning before Guilford’s Avery Rogers fanned Zach Farmer and John Macon Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford (Western Carolina)) tracked down Alex McGill’s game-ending line drive to right. Dusty Tyson plated two of the runs with a double down the left-field line.

Massey, Keene and Wallace were three of five Quakers with two hits. Massey and Wallace both added two RBI and Noble finished with a personal-best three RBI. Rookie John Todd (1-0) earned the win in his first college appearance. He scattered two hits and fanned four in three-and-a-third innings.

Boyd’s game-high four hits and three RBI paced the Vikings’ 12-hit attack. Austin Neely had two hits. Reliever Chad Busby (0-1) took the loss.

Berry smacked three home runs in game two and got solid pitching from sophomore starter Ben Jernigan and rookie reliever Joey Bell. Kevin Scott’s two-run blast highlighted the Vikings’ three-run first.

Guilford’s Smith led off the fourth with an inside-the-park home run to dead center field, but the Quakers did not get a runner past second for the rest of the game. Jernigan (1-0) retired the first seven Quakers and finished with five strikeouts. Bell struck out three and yielded three singles for a three-inning save in his college debut.

McGill hit a three-run homer off of Guilford starter Drew Crawford (0-1) in the fourth, ending the day for the Quakers’ senior. Farmer followed and greeted reliever Chase Shuford with a solo home run, which opened a 7-1 Berry lead. McGill, Tyson and Scott had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

The teams play again Saturday (2/8) at 1:00 p.m. at McBane Field.

Game 1

Score by Innings    1 2 3 4 5 6 7  R  H  E
Berry               2 2 2 0 0 0 3  9 12  4
Guilford            1 0 0 1 3 5 X 10 12  4

Win – Todd (1-0)
Loss – Parry (0-1)
Save – None.
WP – Busby 2; Todd; Rogers
HBP – by Todd (Tyson)
PB – Mirabelli. Inherited runners/scored: Busby 2/0; Parry 2/2; Todd 1/0.
Umpires – HP: Clifton Bennett 1B: Mike Raper
Start: 1:00 pm
Time: 2:26 pm
Attendance: 75
Weather: 48 cloudy
Busby faced 2 batters in the 6th.

Game 2

Score by Innings    1 2 3 4 5 6 7  R  H  E
Berry               3 0 0 0 4 2 1 10 12  1
Guilford            0 0 0 1 0 0 0  1  7  1

Win – Jernigan (1-0)
Loss – Crawford (0-2)
Save – Bell (1).
WP – Crawford. Inherited runners/scored: None.
Umpires – HP: Chrisn Raper 1B: Clifton Bennett
Start: 3:50 pm
Time: 2:04
Attendance: 75
Weather: 43, partly cloudy

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